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    Oh, SPRV I am so sorry ... Henry looks beautiful in your photos. Hugs to you and your family

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    RIP Henry Shar

    It's certainly been a sad few days on the forum.
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    Oh Shar, I am so very sad to hear about Henry. Run free beautiful boy.

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    You know, you read all this business about "run free" and rainbow bridge etc and you appreciate the context, but I can now truly empathise with "run free".

    Henry was abused by his 3 (yes in the 2 years before he came to live with us) 3 previous owners and apparently in his first 12 months the other dogs as well. I have never seen a dog as broken as what Henry was when I picked him up from the pound, (Gomez was starving but not broken like Henry was), Henry had totally given up on life and just wanted to die. I fed him chicken stock for the first few days and over the following couple of weeks added rice and grated veges and eventually diced chicken. Gradually he learnt he need not be afraid living in our household, that he ate regular meals and treats, slept with his pack inside the house and was taken for drives and walks on any given day.

    We witnessed an incredable mental change in Henry over the time he was with us, but he was never going to be "right" no matter what we would have done. He had been so badly mistreated in that 1st 12 months, he was never going to be 100%. So "run free" Henry has a concept for me that is so peaceful and uplifting, I really "get it" now.......So Henry......do run free my darling xxxxx

    Thank you to all for you kind words of compassion, I really do appreciate your support. Moving on from this is one of the most difficult things I have ever experienced. It was just so sudden and without any warning, you know when you have to shake your head to realise it is real and it did happen.
    SPR fosters:Rowland, Matrix, Mia, Arizona, Romeo, Wrinkles, George, Molly, Su Lin, Ellie, Charlie, Charlotte, Lulu, Montana http://www.sharpeirescue.com.au

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shar Pei Rescue Victoria View Post
    You know, you read all this business about "run free" and rainbow bridge etc and you appreciate the context, but I can now truly empathise with "run free".

    Henry was abused by his 3 (yes in the 2 years before he came to live with us) 3 previous owners and apparently in his first 12 months the other dogs as well. I have never seen a dog as broken as what Henry was when I picked him up from the pound, (Gomez was starving but not broken like Henry was), Henry had totally given up on life and just wanted to die. I fed him chicken stock for the first few days and over the following couple of weeks added rice and grated veges and eventually diced chicken. Gradually he learnt he need not be afraid living in our household, that he ate regular meals and treats, slept with his pack inside the house and was taken for drives and walks on any given day.

    We witnessed an incredable mental change in Henry over the time he was with us, but he was never going to be "right" no matter what we would have done. He had been so badly mistreated in that 1st 12 months, he was never going to be 100%. So "run free" Henry has a concept for me that is so peaceful and uplifting, I really "get it" now.......So Henry......do run free my darling xxxxx

    Thank you to all for you kind words of compassion, I really do appreciate your support. Moving on from this is one of the most difficult things I have ever experienced. It was just so sudden and without any warning, you know when you have to shake your head to realise it is real and it did happen.
    I don't know hoe to comfort you but

    Henry is still with you in your heart.

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    oh poor Henry.
    At least you made a big difference for him and brought each other some happiness

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    Shar I know how raw this still is for you and a aplaude you for sharing your grief

    to you and your OH and pack

    RIP and run free Henry
    Dogs Aren't Our Whole Lives, But They Make Our Lives Whole


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    On a brighter note: Elwood moved into the Netty Pack today... A different man after his boot camp.... And I tell you Elwood is a sexy Pei. Have been playing fetch most of the night with his little toy cat that he adores... The OH Has fallen in love with him he is such a dear little thing. I'll try for pics for you all...

    And we said farewell to Moby off to his forever home tomorrow...
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    Henry was bred by one of only 3 registered pei breeders in Victoria that I truly respect. I have kept in close contact with him over the time we have had Henry (whose registered name was Music) over the last 6 months.

    Anyway, I called to tell them of Henry's fate and have been in touch with him a couple of times since.

    He has had a bear coat girl of 8 months returned to him (thats why I love this breeder, he follows through on his pups). She has been returned because the lady that adopted her has become very sick and is unable to look after her.

    She is Henry's half sister and the breeder would like us to adopt her. He says he couldn't think of a better home for her. She is nothing like Henry, being a bear coat, she is a girl, she is a very sweet submissive little sweet heart and most importantly she is Henry's sibling and she needs a loving home.

    Problem is that OH and I are having problems getting our heads around the fact that we just want Henry. I suppose our love would grow and we certainly do have an affinity because of her relationship with Henry. It's so hard as we feel like we are being pulled in 2.

    We have such a massive hole in our lives, his bed is still beside OH side of the bed and I still have to stop myself from preparing his dinner.

    Rana (the bear coat) will need to stay with her breeder for a little while while she recovers from desex and an entropion surgery tomorrow. I think we shall go and visit her as often as we can, but are we trampling on Henry's memory or are we doing the right thing considering bringing her into our family?

    I can't help it feel that maybe she has been returned for the purpose of accepting our love, it's just really hard to see past our beautiful blue man.

    What are your thoughts? I don't want to string either Rana or her breeder on, but I also don't want to let go of her because she is Henry's sibling and she does need a loving home. I am being torn in 2 here. Help!!
    SPR fosters:Rowland, Matrix, Mia, Arizona, Romeo, Wrinkles, George, Molly, Su Lin, Ellie, Charlie, Charlotte, Lulu, Montana http://www.sharpeirescue.com.au

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    Shar, you obviously have a good relationship with this breeder, so just be honest, tell him what you wrote above. Ask him to hold on to her for a while so that you can get over the loss of Henry, if another home comes along so be it, if it doesn't then fate is telling you she is meant to be with you.

    It sounds to me like you are not in the right head space to commit to another dog, and I can understand that completely. You have to wait until the time is right for YOU, I'd be leaving going to visit her until she is recovered from her surgery, I assume that would be a couple of weeks, by then you may be in a better frame of mind to make a decision.

    Btw, I don't think Henry would think of it as trampling over his memory, you gave him a LIFE filled with love, and I'm sure he would want you to do it for another dog that needs it.

    Be kind to yourself in this difficult time, if it's meant to be, it will be.

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